In response to the recently released crime statistics Senator Jonathan Smith — a former Police Commissioner — said: “While we have more work to do, I’m glad to see that we’re making sure and steady progress bringing crime under control.”
“Over the last several quarters, we’ve seen that crime is consistently on the way down. In fact, the second quarter represented the second lowest crime incidents since 2007. While there’s certainly more work to be done, it’s clear that progress is being made.
“Over the last several years, the PLP has strengthened funding for prevention and rehabilitation programmes. We’ve instituted tough new laws to punish gang members. We’ve introduced new crime fighting technologies and created training opportunities for law enforcement agents. And, we’ve implemented reforms to the judicial system to ensure that our courts move more swiftly.
“Further, we are extremely encouraged to witness the growing community mobilisation to counter gang and gun crime and gang lifestyle. More people are getting involved to help our young men chart an alternative path. Ultimately, this is where the long term resolutions rest.
“We know that there is more work to do, but, we are glad to say that when it comes to crime, we are standing strong for Bermudians by making Bermuda a safer place to live and raise a family,” concluded Senator Smith.
The crime statistics for the second quarter of 2012 included a number of statistics such as total crime is down 10% while sexual assaults have increased, residential burglaries fell while tourist accommodation burglaries increased, and that 825 people were arrested. You can read the full statistics here [PDF].
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